Howell first visited Cape Ann in 1912 and by 1917 had established a summer residence at Rocky Neck. The bustling streets and docks of Gloucester and Rockport offered a wealth of subject matter. New York City's Macbeth Galleries hosted solo exhibitions of her work in 1919 and 1920, with a critic from American Art News reviewing the 1919 show favorably: “The young woman artist’s work is permeated with the joy of life and her ability to portray the movement of crowds in the vistas of busy city streets is both unusual and remarkable. Her color palette is a varied and rich one, and she will make even Childe Hassam ‘look to his laurels’ at no distant day, if her art progresses, as it has the past two years…Miss Howell promises to go far and the Art News salutes her." 
“Pictures by Felicie W. Howell” American Art News, April 12, 1919, p. 3.
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As early as 1915, Howell began participating in shows at the Art Institute of Chicago, and soon after joined the annual exhibitions of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the National Academy of Design. The latter made Howell an Associate in 1922 and a full Academician in 1945. She also took part in the annuals of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, submitting her vibrant Main Street, Gloucester to their Seventh Annual Exhibition Oil Paintings by Contemporary Artists in 1919-1920, and the gallery opted to purchase the painting for their permanent collection for $800 during the run of the show.
Collection of the artist
To Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919
Eventually deaccessioned and with Galleries Maurice Sternberg, Chicago, Illinois, by August 1987
To David and Eula Wintermann, Eagle Lake, Texas, August 1987, and with the Estates of the Wintermanns by 2000
With collection, New Orleans, Louisiana, by July 2007
To collection, Southern California, July 2007
Eventually to private collection, Parsippany, New Jersey
(in red paint, upper right stretcher) 19.33
Vincent Vallarino Fine Arts, Ltd., New York, New York, with painting description
Reproduced in “The Exhibition at the Corcoran,” by Hamilton Easter Field, Arts & Decoration, January 1920, pp. 176-177
1). (possibly) Winter Exhibition, National Academy of Design, December 11, 1918 – January 12, 1919, as No. 285 A New England Street
2). Seventh Exhibition of Oil Paintings by Contemporary American Artists, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, December 21, 1919 – January 25, 1920, as No. 107 A New England Street